Eyam Museum and Plague Village, Hope Valley, England, UK
The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are numerous interesting towns such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Leek, Matlock and Wirksworth, plus many enchanting villages
Eyam Museum and Plague Village
|The story of how Eyam was infected with the bubonic plague and chose to go into quarantine rather than spread the infection to the surrounding area is an epic tale of self-sacrifice. The village has a small museum and you can follow a signed trail around the village to see the major buildings and sites linked with the Plague.|
During the period of isolation, food was left for the villagers at Mompesson's well, on the parish boundary high up on the hill above the village, and paid for by coins which were dipped in vinegar to disinfect them. The grim task of burying the dead fell to the village sexton and the victims were often buried hurriedly in graves which were scattered around the village. Usually there was no funeral service, for gatherings of people were discouraged for fear of spreading the infection. Particularly notable are the Riley Graves which are situated just off the Grindleford road approximately 1km from the village centre. Here a Mrs Hancock buried six of her family within the space of a few days.
At the eastern end of the village, from the Bull Ring, walk up Lydgate. Here you will see several cottages which belonged to plague victims, and a small enclosure for the Lydgate graves, where Thomas and Mary Danby are buried. Going in a northerly direction from the Bull Ring, up Water Lane, will lead you to Mompesson's Well - but this is nearly a kilometre away, steeply uphill!
Eyam museum is housed in a former church just opposite the car park and information centre and is a small but award-winning museum, packed with interesting displays.
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How to get there
from the A623 Chapel-en-le-Frith to Chesterfield road, turn off in Stoney Middleton Dale on the B6521 to Eyam.
By Bus: the 66 Chesterfield-Buxton bus goes through Eyam, as does the X67 bus from Chesterfield. From Sheffield, take the 65 bus. From Bakewell, take the 173 bus, which connects with the Trans-Peak bus from Derby and Matlock.
When is it open?
Museum open 28th March to 5tyh November from Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10.00 am to 4.30 pm. (Last admissions at 4.00pm).
Open February half-term (except Monday) 11am - 4pm
What does it cost?
Adult £2.50/ Children £2.00/ Concessions £2.00/ Family (2 adults and 2 children) £7.50. School groups: £1.25 per child. Adult groups: £2.00 per adult. Cash only.
Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary.
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